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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to spill over)
a. to overflow
Los ojos del viejito se rebosaban de lágrimas al reencontrarse con su mejor amigo de la infancia.The old man's eyes overflowed with tears when he ran into his best friend from childhood.
El agua del embalse rebosó tras la tormenta.The water in the dam overflowed after the storm.
2. (to exceed capacity)
a. to overflow
El bol de la sopa rebosó porque le eché demasiado caldo.The soup bowl overflowed because I poured too much stock in it.
3. (to be packed)
a. to be filled to the brim
La sala de conciertos rebosaba de seguidores impacientes.The concert venue was filled to the brim with impatient fans.
b. to be overflowing
La clase rebosaba de alumnos deseosos de comenzar el curso.The classroom was overflowing with students eager to start the course.
4. (to exude; used with "de")
a. to be bursting with
Mario y yo rebosábamos de felicidad al firmar el contrato de la casa.Mario and I were bursting with happiness when we signed the contract on the house.
b. to brim with
Rosa rebosaba de alegría al saber que estaba embarazada.Rosa was brimming with joy when she discovered she was pregnant.
c. to bubble over with
Samuel rebosaba de alegría cuando lo llevamos al cine.Samuel was bubbling over with happiness when we took him to the cinema.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to abound in)
a. to brim with
El niño rebosaba de alegría cuando abría sus regalos de cumpleaños.The child was brimming with joy as he opened his birthday presents.
b. to be a picture of
Desde que Juan dejó a Laura, su expresión rebosa de tristeza.Ever since Juan broke up with Laura, her face is a picture of sadness.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to overspill)
a. to overflow
El agua se rebosó del vaso cuando metí un cubito de hielo.The water overflowed from the glass when I put an ice cube in it.
7. (to exceed capacity)
a. to overflow
El patio se rebosó de personas durante la parrillada.The patio overflowed with people at the barbecue.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to overflow with, to brim with
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (recipiente)
a. to overflow
estar (lleno) a rebosarto be full to overflowing
rebosar deto brim with
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intransitive verb
1 [+líquido, recipiente] to overflow
el café rebosa de la taza the coffee cup is running over; the coffee is running o spilling over the edge of the cup; la alegría le rebosa he bubbles over with happiness; les rebosa el dinero they have pots of money; el grupo llenó la sala a rebosar the group filled the room to overflowing
rebosar de algo to overflow with sth; be brimming with sth; rebosar de salud to be radiant with health
3 (abundar) to abound; be plentiful
allí rebosa el mineral
transitive verb
to abound in
su rostro rebosaba salud he was the picture of health
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